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7 Things to Know About the Pentagon’s New Plan for a 500-Ship Navy Fleet

Posted by seumasach on November 16, 2020

7th October, 2020

Military.com

From the Defender 2020 NATO military exercises back in March, the biggest since the 90s- carried out incidentally in the midst of a supposedly deadly epidemic, to this grandiose scheme to maintain US naval superiority in the China Seas the contours of war are clearly delineated under the shadow of covid panic. Whilst the people’s fear remains focused on covid, this is the truly frightening bit. Trump has fired Esper but will Trump survive: the anti-Trump coup means the military/industrial complex moves to centre stage, the deep state becomes the state and, in Europe, the EU rather than just living under the shadow of NATO becomes NATO.”If we can assemble the collective will and determination to see it through, I’m confident Battle Force 2045 will maintain our maritime superiority far into the future and ensure the United States Navy remains the greatest in the world for generations to come,” he said.The new plan, which matched a document Defense News first obtained and reported on last month, marks a significant increase in the 355-ship fleet the Navy has been working toward. Esper acknowledged the U.S. will face challenges in building a 500-plus ship fleet under tightening budgets. But he stressed the buildup is necessary, citing China’s troubling and “brazen destabilizing” actions in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Beijing’s plans to modernize its force in the next 15 years and field “a world-class military by 2049.”

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Gridlock – Biden may or may not win, but Trump remains ‘President’ of Red America

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2020

Alistair Crooke

Strategic Culture

7th November, 2020

“The fracturing of the ‘One Normal’, by contrast, provides some kind of respite to much of the globe.”

A crucial element of the reset, rarely mentioned, is the formation of a global alliance against Russia and China. In the absence of a clear cut Democratic victory that has suddenly become a lot less doable. In particular, reducing Europe to a NATO outpost against Russia is inconceivable;e with America wobbling at the helm.

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Trump’s Shadow

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2020

Euro Intelligence

1st November

This article underestimates the possibility under cover of covid of reinforcing the transatlantic relationship under a Biden presidency. Under this reset the EU would become virtually identical to NATO and Europe would be to spearheaded to challenge Russia. Of course, this would be contrary to the interests of a substantial proportion of the business community but a startling aspect off the covid panic is the absence of concern for this constituency: F… business as Johnson famously put it. It turns out that the the West, or more specifically the Anglosphere isn’t in fact about “capitalism” let alone democracy: it’s about war and the pursuit of a New World Order on the ruins of the West’s rivals, Russia and China.

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Biden: ‘Dangerous’ U.S.-Russia relations

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2009

The danger, of course, is this, or as Biden put it “the possibility of Russia dominating or intimidating countries on or near its borders, many of which used to be Soviet republics or communist bloc countries.”
“We will not recognize any nation having a sphere of influence. It will remain our view that sovereign states have the right to make their own decisions and choose their own alliances,” he said.

In other words these countries have to lie within the US sphere of influence. The continuity with the Bush era is evident in the hubris and lack of touch with reality which continues to characterize US policy. The USA is imploding and badly needs to make friends rather than enemies.

Washington Times

7th February, 2009

Buzz up!Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday described a “dangerous drift” in relations between Russia and democratic nations — and laid out the Obama administration’s prescription for fixing it — during an address to world leaders at a meeting in Munich.

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Spinning the post-debate spin

Posted by smeddum on October 3, 2008

Spinning the post-debate spin
Political operatives and surrogates are only too happy to offer their views on the Palin-Biden vice presidential debate.
By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 3, 2008
ST. LOUIS — Imagine a school of ravenous guppies swimming around looking for food. Suddenly, someone tosses a handful of crumbs into the water. The guppies go crazy! They flit here, they flit there, they swirl around in chaotic guppy mobs, inhaling each crumb before moving on to the next. Read the rest of this entry »

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